The Little-Big Trip: From Dawn to Dust

It was time to head north, and hopefully follow the nice weather we had found since crossing the SA border. The plan was to head along the Limestone coast before heading inland towards the Barossa Valley. No destination in particular had been picked, but somewhere that was located centrally to several wineries would suffice.

A quick lunch stop in the Coorong National Park kept the rugrats entertained with a run around to stretch the legs and a game of hide and seek. However before long it was time to get back in the Patrol and head north. The drive through the hills was a nice change from the highways we had spent most of our driving hours on thus far.

Once arriving in the Barossa region, Tanunda was chosen as our refuge for a few days. Camp was set up and it was time to explore the wineries over a few days. Good food and good wine - is there anything else needed!

What was meant to be a 2 night stay ended up being 3 due to there being so much to do in the region, and the caravan park was simply brilliant. We visited a few wineries over the days, a few parks, a few towns, and we barely covered the region! But all good things must come to an end, especially on a limited-time trip such as this, so after another pack up of camp, it was time to head to the Flinders Ranges.

A big day of driving was planned to get us into the Flinders, again with no destination in mind. A couple of short stops were needed for supplies and fuel, but we had to keep moving to ensure we made it to the Flinders before dark. Once the sun began getting low, Rawnsley Park Station was the first accommodation to show up on the map, so we headed off the main road to pitch the tent for a couple of nights. This was the first "taste" of the outback, with no grass in sight at the caravan park, all sites had a dirt/gravel base. But with the view from our campsite, the ground was not even thought about! Our campsite was on top of the camping hill, with a clear view of Rawnsley Bluff, and as we would find out first thing in the morning, an absolutely breathtaking view of the sunrising over the Bluff! This was heaven!

One of the dry lakes in the Coorong National Park.

The kids having a quick game of hide and seek after a mandatory lunch stop.

This was home for a few days. We had this whole area to ourselves, except for a few local rabbits and possums that decided to hang around even after we set up.

Erin feeding the smaller of the horses at the caravan park. It was the only one that didn't want to chew a childs hand off.

Of course, what trip to the Barossa Valley would be complete without a visit to a smaller winery to taste some local produce.

An old restored train at a park for the children and adults alike to have a climb and play on.

Heading north passed us through a few small towns, never much to see or do, but they did have supplies and fuel.

The spectacular site as we traversed north towards the Central Flinders Ranges.

How's this for a camp with a view? Yes, this is literally where we folded the camper trailer out, with the bedroom window looking straight towards the bluff.

And this was the sight at 6am. Even though this was visible from the bedroom window, I had to jump out of bed and grab the camera for a decent shot.

View of Wilpena Pound from one of the many walking tracks in the area.

One of the kids is always up for a pose. And its usually Liam!

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